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Research Centers & Cooperatives

Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Facilitates cooperation among the U.S.G.S., Biological Resources Division; universities; state fish and wildlife agencies; and private organizations in programs of research and education related to fish and wildlife resource management. Unit Leader: Dr. Shannon K. Brewer (


The Center for Environmental Studies at the Urban-Rural Interface

Engages students, researchers and stakeholders in interdisciplinary efforts to clarify the influence of urbanization across rural landscapes.


ecological restoration

Center for Natural Resources Management on Military Lands

The center provides natural resource management services to eight military bases across the Southeastern region of the United States, including Redstone Arsenal and Fort Rucker in Alabama; Forts Benning, Gordon, and Stewart in Georgia; Fort Polk in Louisiana; Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Director: George Matusick (

Forest Health Cooperative

FHC addresses important, current and pertinent forest health issues (disease, insect, invasive species, etc.) in a way that reflects real world management problems in the Southern United States. Director: Dr. Lori Eckhardt (


Forest Policy Center

FPC is a research and outreach center whose purpose is to explore the fundamental forest policy issues affecting the United States in an increasingly globalized economy.


Forest Products Development Center

Prepares and supplies a high quality pool of graduate students to our stakeholders whom need the next generation of leaders for their industrial programs. Characterizes, defines and provides processing or new product solutions that are environmentally friendly and utilize natural resources. Director: Dr. Brian Via (


International Center for Climate and Global Change Research(ICCGCR)

ICCGCR is a global coalition committed to constructive and responsible participation to address society’s increasing needs for understanding global climate change and potential solutions. Director: Dr. Li An (


Southern Forest Engineering Center

A coalition of researchers from academia, agency, and industry who coordinate biomass research projects and information to explore and develop best practices for harvesting small scale, high production and/or short rotation crops as well as processing of biomass material. Director: Dr. Tom Gallagher (

Southern Forest Nursery Management Cooperative

Develops and disseminates available cultural, biological and chemical technologies using an integrated system for the economical production and utilization of forest tree seedlings in the southern United States. Interim Director: Dr. AnnaKay Newell (


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